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Bargain hunting - help required

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Bargain hunting - help required

My friend is looking for a laptop up to £350. It is just for basic stuff and the only requirement is that it should have a webcam (W7 of course).
Am therefore asking if anyone has the time to do a bit of googling and bargain-spotting for me please?
Hope that Pierre is online 'cos he's always the one to find a good buy.
Am going to have a look myself but I get a bit mixed up as to what is the best processor and other technical details.
Anyone?
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nadger
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Re: Bargain hunting - help required

I recently bought 17" Toshiba for £300 from Argos Clearance Bargains on eBay. Two friends have recently bought base units, at £200 each, from same source.
http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/argos-clearancebargains/
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I was in Staples yesterday on a different mission, they certainly had an Emachines laptop for sub £350. Wasn't actually taking a lot of interest so can't tell you the exact price or spec, but was definitely under £350.
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I was lucky to have got slightly better spec than this machine for my £300 + Toshiba Win7 upgrade for £27.90 ( possibly still available when buying Toshiba)
When they say refurbished it's more than likely that machine has never had OS installed - mine hadn't.
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I agree with Petlew about Staples, well worth a look.  Dell have an outlet section on their site which offers some good prices and it may also be worth looking on ebay.
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Re: Bargain hunting - help required

Yes, there are a few under the mark so will check out. Trouble is,  I never know what is a good make and also the merits of this processor v that one.
Anyway, don't suppose it's that important for basic computer use.
Looked at Argos and there are a few there.
Thanks for suggestions
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It's quite surprising how many computers clearance bargains shift when there's an Argos line change - with mine it was over 260 machines.
As I said I was lucky and got a higher spec Toshiba  than I actually ordered.
I was able to get a 2.18 dual core Pentium with 3Gb ram and 320Gb drive and 17" screen.
The upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 was well worthwhile for under £28
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Both my laptop and desktop are HP machines.  I have been very pleased with them both and HP is an excellent company for service.
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if you hurry you might get this special offer from Amazon and save a whole £0.03  that brings it just under £350 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-15-6-inch-Notebook-Celeron-Windows/dp/B002WE0EE4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&...
Samsung R519 15.6-inch Notebook (Celeron Dual Core T3100 1.9 GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB HDD, Windows 7 Home Premium, Black)
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Technical Details
Range: R519
Model Name: R519 (Black/Silver)
Part Number: NP-R519-JA08UK
Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
Processor: Intel Celeron Dual Core Processor T3100 (1.9 GHz) 800 MHz FSB with 1MB Cache
Main Chipset: Intel GL40 + ICH9M
Memory: 2 Gb DDR2 800 MHz
Memory Slot: 2 x Slot SODIMM
Display: LCD 15.6 in. 1366 x 768 WXGA SuperBright Gloss LCD TFT
Graphics: Intel GMA X4500M
Sound: HD (High Definition) Audio
Sound Feature: SRS 3D Sound Effect
Speakers: 4 Watts Stereo Speakers (2 W x 2)
Integrated Camera: Digital Motion Camera (0.3 Mega Pixel)
Hard Drive: 250 Gb SATA 5400 rpm
Optical: DVD Super Multi Dual Layer - 5x DVD-RAM, 8x DVD±R 2.4x DVD+R DL, 4x DVD±RW, 24x CD-R, 16x CD-RW, 8x DVD, 24x CD
Modem (RJ11): ---
Wired LAN (RJ45): 10/100
Wireless LAN: Wifi 802.11b.g
WWAN: ---
Bluetooth: ---
I/O Port: VGA, Headphone-out, Mic-in, Internal Mic, 3 x USB 2.0, 3 in 1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, MMC), DC-in
Keyboard: 87 keys
Touch Pad/Screen: Touch Pad (Scroll Scope, Flat Type)
TPM: ---
IAMT: ---
Fingerprint Reader: ---
Recovery: Samsung Recovery Solution 4
Virus: McAfee Virus Scan (Trial Version)
Security: BIOS Boot Up Password, HDD Password
Lock: Kensington Lock Port
Power: AC Adapter 60 Watt
Battery: 6 Cell Lithium ion 4000 mAh
Dimensions (WxDxH): 376.0 x 255.5 x 30.4-38.1 mm
Weight: 2.56 Kg
Warranty: 1 Year FastGuard Warranty (Collect & Return)
Installed Software: Adobe Acrobat Reader, Easy Battery Manager, Easy Display Manager, Easy Network Manager, Easy SpeedUp Manager, Microsoft Office Professional 2007 (free 60-day trial), Samsung Magic Doctor, Samsung Update Plus
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Amazon have laptops for £249.99. They're Vista but you can upgrade to W7 and still be around the £300 mark.
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Unfortunately they're all small screens.
Always worth a look to see what Ebuyer.com have on offer.
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I think the OP wanted an integral web cam, as part of the spec, which, I suspect will "up the anti" on any "basic" spec...... and bring the price to over £300, for something with a decent sized HDD, reasonable processor, and a goodly amount of RAM.  Undecided
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Re: Bargain hunting - help required

Yes, she did want a webcam. The problem is that there are so many makes and you keep asking yourself which is a good one.
Have been in a computer shop this morning and the chap said that Sony are best, otherwise Toshiba or Acer.
Have asked him about getting a Sony and trading in her current one because she hadn't taken into account the value of her own
laptop. This way she will get a better machine so will see what happens.
Thanks for all suggestions - there is too much choice really and I find it a bit mind-boggling (which is why I asked for help).  Shocked
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Re: Bargain hunting - help required

My sister got this laptop and I quite like it. http://www.johnlewis.com/230696905/Product.aspx
Does everything she needs it to do. 
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John Lewis are very good on after sales service and they offer some of the cheapest extended warranties in the market.